New Program: Postgraduate CSR Certificate, University of Geneva, Switzerland. The course, in English, starts in January 2008 and runs for six months. To accommodate busy professionals, it will be held monthly from a Thursday evening to a Saturday evening in Geneva, Switzerland. It is aimed at three groups: (1) company executives who wish to improve and refine their CSR skills; (2) those who wish to enter the CSR field from NGOs, government institutions or international organizations; and (3) postgraduate students who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in this exciting area. The course will be given by some leading CSR thinkers and practitioners. See the course brochure for syllabus and speakers, or visit the University of Geneva website, Query firstname.lastname@example.org and register by the end of December 2007. Grants are available under certain conditions.
The Sustainable Endowments Institute recently issued its annual College Sustainability Report Card that assesses campus initiatives, such as green building, renewable energy, and local food sourcing, as well as endowment investing practices such as shareholder engagement and transparency. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and the Sierra Club's magazine cites the report card as a source for its own top ten green colleges list.
Business schools got a similar treatment earlier with the publication of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, the Aspen Institute's biennial evaluation of how well MBA programs address social and environmental sustainability issues. Exemplifying the kind of best practice rewarded by this assessment is the Sustainable Innovation Summit hosted by the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Ten teams from business schools compete for a $20,000 prize that goes to the most innovative business solutions to real-world social and environmental problems. Academic research represents a vital tool for advancing sustainable business through independent, empirical studies.
Before that, the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management announced findings of a study correlating strong corporate environmental performance with robust environmental disclosure by companies. The Rotman researchers contend that environmental performance can serve as a proxy for financial performance, suggesting investors will increasingly grade companies' environmental transparency.
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